Book Review: Super Bloom by Megan Tady

The Blurb:

In this sparkling, heart-warming debut set at a luxury Vermont spa, massage therapist Joan Johnston is wallowing in grief over the accidental death of her boyfriend, Samuel, and it’s now seriously jeopardizing her job and her friendships. Will she ever be able to move on?

Enter Carmen Bronze, a hotheaded bestselling romance novelist and the most demanding massage client Joan’s ever faced. When Carmen offers Joan a chance to pay down her debt and save her job, it’s hard to say no—even though it means funneling Carmen inside dirt on the spa for her next novel.

The task unexpectedly reawakens a dormant talent in Joan, and she’s irresistibly drawn to writing her own romance novel based on her relationship with Samuel that stretches into the bright future they didn’t get to share. Writing proves to be the therapy Joan desperately needs, and her heart begins to open to new romance… and even the possibility of becoming a successful author herself. But none of this is easy, not with a lunatic like Carmen breathing down her neck and threatening to steal Joan’s manuscript.

A heartfelt, hilarious look at taking second chances, in life and in love, Tady’s uplifting debut will have readers rooting for Joan on every page—and laughing out loud at her one-of-a-kind wit.

My Rating: ★★★

My Review:

Super Bloom is a novel about second chances in love and life. It’s about finding purpose and following your passions. All things I believe in and yet I couldn’t connect to Joan or her journey. I was quiet impatient with her inability to pull herself up out of her struggles, particularly with all of the support she had around her (if she would just open her eyes). Blinkered to all the good in her life, Joan preferred to remain a victim and I couldn’t gel with her “woe is me” attitude.

The addition of Carmen and the idea that she would pay Joan to dish the dirt about the massage/spa industry for a novel that she was writing, did nothing to bring me closer to Joan’s character, who came off as lazy, deceitful and utterly self-absorbed. It wasn’t until right at the end of the book that Joan started to redeem herself but for me it was too little, too late. The ending earning the upgrade to a 3 star rating when the rest of the book was merely a 2.

With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

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